Jose Mourinho said that Dinamo Zagreb won their Europa League last-16 tie against Tottenham thanks to their attitude, saying that his team “didn’t carry to the game, not only the fundamentals of football but the basics of life.”
Spurs threw away a 2-0 first-leg lead in Croatia, losing the last-16 clash 3-2 on aggregate in the second leg thanks to an inspiring hat-trick from Mislav Orsic.
Spurs may have expected a backlash after losing 2-1 to Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday, but only seemed to regress further and were dumped out of the Europa League in a shock loss.
Following the game, Mourinho provided a frank appraisal of Tottenham’s results and apologized to the fans for yet another poor performance.
He told BT Sport: “In the 90 minutes and the first half of extra time, there was one team who wanted to leave all on the pitch – sweat, breath, blood, and at the end of the game, they even had tears of happiness. Very modest, very dedicated, and I have to thank them.
On the other hand, my team didn’t seem to be playing an important match, but for me, it’s about the love I have for my career and job; every match is an important match for me, and I believe that for every Tottenham fan at home, every match matters and a different mindset is needed.
To say I’m depressed isn’t enough because what I’m feeling goes way further than sorrow.”
I just left Dinamo’s dressing room, where I went to praise the guys, and I’m sorry that one side, which is not my team, won the game based on attitude, so I’m more than sad.
Football is more than just players who believe they have more quality than others; the basics of football go beyond that; the basics of football is an attitude, and they beat us on that.”